As strong advocates for safety, we compiled a list of local businesses that share our goal of making Lewiston a safer place to drive, ride, and walk.
Driving and Riding Classes: Licenses & Defensive Driving
For over half a century, Roy’s Driver & Rider Education has provided drivers education classes for Lewiston residents. If you are under 18, you will have to take and pass a driver’s education program before you can receive a Maine driver’s license. In addition to teaching safe driving techniques that emphasize defensive driving skills, Roy’s also gives instruction on basic maintenance of a vehicle or motorcycle, Maine traffic laws and safety precautions for winter driving. Roy’s Driver & Rider Education issues permits to teens 15 years and older who have completed a driver’s education course and passed a written exam and vision screening.
This business offers a Basic Rider Course for motorcyclists, which is a combination program involving classroom and hands-on learning. Operators of the Auburn-Lewiston Driver Rider Education state that enrollees will learn how to handle & safely ride a motorcycle. After completing a Basic Rider Course (passing the field and written test), you will receive a Maine State Riders license. They also have an Experienced Rider’s course offering continuing education about safely riding a motorcycle. Subjects covered in their Experienced Rider’s course include managing high-risk situations, optimizing lane position, increasing visibility and wearing the proper head, leg and feet protection. Graduates of this course may also qualify for auto insurance discounts with certain insurers.
Safety Supplies & Tools
One of the oldest family-managed hardware stores in the U.S., Aubuchon offers a variety of items to make driving & walking safer. In addition to supplies like oil, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid, Aubuchon also has reflective items you can attach to your car or your clothes when walking at night. If you’re walking at night and don’t have reflective clothing, wearing reflective tape that illuminates when in range of car lights is an option.
Staying safe on the road requires not only attentive driving but also maintenance of your vehicle. Driving an unsafe car or truck can cause an accident just as easily as distracted driving. Get your safety, vision accessories and exterior parts at NAPA as well as belts, hoses, brakes, electrical components, engine/transmission parts and relays/switches/sensors. Many people are surprised to learn that numerous vehicle accidents are caused by neglecting to maintain a car or bike. The top five mechanical problems contributing to accidents include:
- Faulty brakes,
- Tire blowout/loss of tread,
- Faulty suspension/steering systems,
- Malfunctioning windshield wipers, and
- Nonworking taillights and headlights.
BMV Information & Guides
Prepare for a written drivers examination by picking up comprehensive study guides and practice tests at the Lewiston MV Branch Office. Their examination prep resources are intended to provide in-depth understanding of all subjects covered on an actual BMV test, including recognizing road signs, driving on the expressway, interpreting traffic laws correctly and avoiding vehicle accidents. If you aren’t sure about your driving record (and suspect it may need improvement), you can order a copy of your driving record through the Lewiston MV Branch Office. Driving records will show the status of your Maine license, the number of points you have (if any) on your license, traffic violations, previous/current suspensions and OUI records.
Involved in an Accident?
If you are involved in a car or motorcycle accident and require legal assistance, please call the Law Offices of Fales & Fales today for prompt, professional representation.